The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman

This month our genre study at work is focusing on the police procedural mystery genre and we each chose what we were going to read from a list of suggested authors. My first choice of Tess Gerritson (who I’ve never read) was already taken, so I picked Faye Kellerman (who I also haven’t read). I decided it was wise to start with the first book in the series, The Ritual Bath. The main characters in this series are Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. They meet when Peter is called to the scene of a rape and Rina is the person who found the victim. An attraction begins to form between them as they spend more time together, except their religious differences are a roadblock to any type of relationship starting. I feel that I learned a lot about Orthodox Judaism that I did not know while reading this book, though I was at first turned off by the amount of focus on it in the beginning. It is an integral part of the mystery in this story but I feel it will continue to be a part of future stories as the relationship between Peter and Rina develops. I am intrigued enough by the relationship between the characters to read more of the series.

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